May 18, 1939 — November 1, 2021
Q&D first opened its doors in 1964 when Norm Dianda and friend Lawrence Quadrio successfully negotiated their first project…a $600 kitchen remodel. In 2014, Q&D celebrated 50 years of building relationships and teamwork across the U.S.
Born in Reno, NV, in May of 1939, Norm grew up in rural south Reno, the son of a railroad worker. He later moved to his grandfather’s farm where he always had an interest in working with his hands and building projects. As a teenager, he went to work for a significant person in his life: George Sergeant, owner of the Sergeant Showcase and Fixture Shop where he honed his carpentry skills and business acumen.
Though Mr. Quadrio passed, Norm kept the “Q” in honor of his friend and business partner. A simple tribute that sums up the respect and dedication to partnership on which Q&D was founded. When Norm passed in November 2021, the “Q” and the “D” were not only synonymous with quality craftsmanship but the Q&D name was more than a local contractor — it’s the pinnacle of local industry.
Norm emphasized that everything Q&D is involved with will be built with the three guiding principles that started the organization…service, integrity and quality. Those guidelines continue to be the cornerstone of the ever-expanding Q&D operation.
From giving generously to fund youth organizations, support school sports teams, provide outreach assistance to local schools and engaging in university outreach activities, to supporting national charitable causes like Multiple Sclerosis research and breast cancer awareness, Norm was committed to making the communities in which Q&D works better places to live.